Currently Being ModeratedFeb 20, 2013 4:33 AM (in response to TediDubi)
What you are describing is not a factor of the large file size. One of the changes in Aperture 3 as it has evolved, is to first use the Preview generated by the camera. It waits to generate its own Preview until you actually click to display that one image. Until then the thumbnails are based upon the camera provided JPEG Preview.
In earlier versions, you never saw that, but only the initial Preview generated in Aperture. It is not because of the different camera.
I have a D800, btw, and do not see as much difference in the image rendered from RAW vs the initial JPEG Preview. You may want to check settings that you are shooting with.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 20, 2013 4:42 AM (in response to Ernie Stamper)
Thanks Ernie, I put it down to the file sizes as nothing else seemed to be different.
I normally only shoot in Raw so don't know where the JPEG is coming from.
I'll try play... working with the settings some more and report back.
I'll set up the exposure control to 1 and then 2 stops over and/or drop Raw and work in JPEG.
Thanks again for the sudden answer.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 20, 2013 4:48 AM (in response to TediDubi)
Even though you only shoot in RAW, the camera generates a Preview in JPEG, and puts in on the memory card. Not sure what camera you may previously have used with Aperture, but this is normal for Nikons.
If you use settings in the camera, such as Vivid, that will not be reflected in RAW image data, but only in the JPEG (Preview or if using JPEG).
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 20, 2013 5:43 AM (in response to Ernie Stamper)
Thanks Ernie, that I didn't know. So I may as well tell it to make both anyway.
Previous Nikons went from a very early Photomic F to an F3 (a gift from Nikon Europe).
Since then: quick progression thru: 80, 90, 300, 7000, V1, up to 800.
Thank you Nikon for bringing out the 800 before the 600!
I've got to get this problem 100% solved asap because I'm the Official Photographer at my son's wedding in early April.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 20, 2013 6:20 AM (in response to TediDubi)
Just remember that the problem is the JPG, not the RAW. The converted-from-RAW Image should show you a faithful rendering of the data you recorded at the exposure settings you used. Don't tweak the RAW to match the JPG; tweak it to match the exposure settings, _then_ tweak the camera PP settings (applied to only the JPG file) to show you on the camera LCD (which shows you the JPG) as close a match to the RAW as you can. (Assuming recording RAW files is your goal.) Even better, imho, is to ignore the LCD JPG image except for framing/focus, and set the camera's PP so that the LCD histogram (which is always, afaik, derived from the JPG) gives you useful information.
Set "Aperture➞Preferences➞Import➞Post Import Processing" to "Standard Previews".
Note that you _may_ want to change the default RAW Fine Tuning controls (this change the conversion). (I change mine for my Sony a77, but not for my Sony a900/a850.) You can experiment with changes, and then save them as a default for your camera. Sad to report, these settings may not be preserved with upgrades to Aperture.
Message was edited by: Kirby Krieger - minor additions.
(Added:) I second Ernie's recommendation: if JPG meets your needs, use it. Producing JPGs is a shorter and more-easily-channeled workflow.
Message was edited by: Kirby Krieger
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 20, 2013 6:16 AM (in response to TediDubi)
By all means get familiar with everything. One thing to consider is that the Preview is a smaller file than most JPEGs the camera would produce as the true image original. Shooting in RAW + JPEG increases your disk space requirements quite a bit, unless you used only the most Basic JPEG file size.
The important thing is to find shooting solutions that produce the desired image in all formats, and in RAW. RAW will let you best rescue photos, but otherwise you might like to settle for JPEG only. Enjoy